Project Alicia : WW: Life-n-Reflection Wallets Plus DIY Luggage Tags

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

WW: Life-n-Reflection Wallets Plus DIY Luggage Tags

Today I'm sharing the vintage school shoot I mentioned last week, taken last year at Usher's Ferry in Iowa. A few of these are never before seen images from that shoot. It almost makes me homesick for the Midwest. Almost. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket I had the opportunity to try a couple sets of Life-n-Reflection's wallet templates and one of them just so happens to be "school days" which couldn't have been more fitting for this set of photos. These would be the perfect gift for a teacher. Wouldn't they look great hanging in a classroom? Photobucket Photobucket Or on a book bag. Just pick up some vertical badge holders- these 2.5x3.5 inch wallets fit perfectly. Add a ring and you have yourself a nifty tag. Photobucket

If you want more personalized tags, dig up some favorite photos. I decided to use some of my favorite beach images. For this project I used both the "school days" and "parisian" wallet sets from Life-n-Reflection. Her templates are so easy to use and come as PSD files which allows me to adjust the layers to my liking and add photos easily. If you've never used masks before, Kristy has a wonderful video tutorial that makes even the novice feel like a pro. Photobucket I was also able to add additional elements digitally to a few to give them a little Alicia pzazz. White Lace Set from Friendly Scrap and black fringe (also found in my header) is by Katie Pertiet of Designer Digitals. The word strips were made in Photoshop Elements.

Once you have your wallets embellished, you're just minutes away from customized tags.
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There's just 5 easy steps.
1. Compile wallets on an 8.5x11 canvas in photo editing program, print on photo paper and cut out.
2. Trace templates onto the back of your wallets and then cut the pattern. (I was inspired by these vintage gift tags I saw on pinterest, but you could design them any way you'd like. I actually hand drew the template and then scanned it into my computer. It's a little rough, but you are welcome to it. Click on the image below to get the download.) Photobucket If you have a rounded punch you may get a more precise corner, but it's certainly not required.
3. Punch a hole at the top of the wallets and then laminate. I found these 4x6 self-sealing laminating pouches that fit two wallets perfectly. Any laminating sheet or thermal machine would do.
4. Cut the laminating sheets around the seal as to leave a small edge. If you cut too close to the photo it may come undone.
5. Punch a hole through the laminating paper and then add your twine or ribbon of choice.

This is a super simple project that has endless uses... luggage, backpacks, lunch boxes, camera bags, purses, laptop totes, gift tags, key chains, or party favors to name a few. You're only limited by your own imagination.

Fellow photogs, share a sampling of your favorite images. Moms, add a family photo with your child's name on it for the book bag. Or print some for your inspiration board. The sky's the limit!

Kristy's wallet templates take the photos from drab to fab in a matter of minutes. The PSD files work with Photoshop, Elements or Gimp (which is a free program). And she has tons to choose from. Go take a peek at all of the fun choices! I'm totally in love with the "dreamer" set!
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And just a head's up. Grandparent's Day is Sept 9th. Wink, wink. Wouldn't this make a fun gift for Grammy?

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Kristy of Life-n-Reflection is currently offering a special on these wallet templates through 8/31/12. Buy 1 Get 1 Free Coupon Code: backtoschoolB1G1. Hurry. Only a few days left! Don't wait. And remember to check out her handy How To Video for Photoshop.

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*Disclosure: Thank you to Life-n-Reflection for sponsoring my post and for providing me with these beautiful Wallet Templates. I genuinely love Life-n-Reflection's products. All opinions are mine.

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For those who are new here, this is Wordless Wednesday, a place to share a photo and connect with an entire community of others. Being me, I couldn't keep it wordless, so Wordful or Not So Wordless posts are always welcome here at Project Alicia. You can grab my button in my sidebar if you'd like, but it's not required to participate.

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68 comments:

  1. Lish, I love the luggage tags! They are great!Thanks for the tutorial!
    xoxo
    Verena

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  2. Great photos! Love the books and the apple!

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  3. Love the school photos! Those tags are a great idea, thanks for sharing them!

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  4. Serioulsy adorable! I am so doing this for a gift! THANK YOU!

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  5. Wonderful shots! I live in the midwest, but not in a part as beautiful as this. Dry, dusty, brown ... that describes my area! But, even this country has a certain rugged, old west beauty about it.

    Haven't been visiting around in a while. Good to get a look at your blog again and your great photos.

    wb

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  6. Very interesting! Great shots. The Bob Dylan quote is spot on. Thanks for sharing and hosting.

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  7. So awesome. Love these photos!! Those sets from Kristy are fantastic!!

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  8. I love that old schoolhouse! It reminds me of Iowa; a lot of my family is from the Fort Madison area, so growing up I spent a ton of time down on the farms and visiting all the tiny towns and old old buildings. Makes me wish I was a photographer as a kid!

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  9. oh I just love the look of old books :)

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  10. I love these! I'm passing the luggage tags around the family travel blog circle via Pinterest. I can't wait to make my own after we get back from the beach next week. I need some new material to work with.
    I'm enamored with the old school house shoot you did too. I have that same copy of Black Beauty at my mom's house. She refuses to give it up. Thanks for sharing. They were truly inspirational.

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  11. I love vintage things. In fact I have a few old books like that.

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  12. Preciosas las imágenes, me encanta el aire antiguo!.Hermosas las etiquetas también! Un abrazo.

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  13. First of all, I am in love with the vintage school shoot. Could be the teacher in me...

    Second of all, your luggage idea is absolutely brilliant. That's definitely the crafter in me...

    Thanks for being continued source of inspiration!

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  14. As always, your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Seriously, if you ever published a book of your photos I'd buy it! Thanks for sharing these & the DIY, I love that too :)

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  15. OMG, love that vintage photo shoot!

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  16. Alicia ..The photography on your blog is always so beautifully taken.What a fun shoot that must have been..

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  17. Great pictures, as usual, Alicia. You have so much talent!!!

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  18. What a sweet little school! Gorgeous colors too :)

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  19. Love the cardstock cut outs. And love your photos, as usual!! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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  20. you know i love all your photos! now, to figure out how to use the templates...
    Grrrrrrrrrr
    thanks for sharing and have a great week.

    http://www.jumpin-beans.blogspot.com/2012/08/do-you-see-me-ww.html

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  21. As always stunning photos. I love the 'extras' you shared. These photos remind me of the Little House on the Prairie event we go to occasionally down in Sleepy Eye, MN. Great old school and stores!

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  22. Gorgeous! Being a librarian I love the beauty to be found in old books.

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  23. Those are such fun pics! Thanks for the template!

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  24. Lovely photos of the books. Really rustic and vintage feel in the shots you took this week.

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  25. Lish, these are seriously cute! You're so creative! Pinned... :)

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    1. Love your creativity. Stunning photos too!

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  26. I love the vintage theme fab photos :-)

    Have a great week :-)

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  27. The books are great, and so is the school house!

    And you're right the find would be great for teachers. You have perfect timing w/your post. Happy back-to-school everyone!

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  28. Thanks for sharing those vintage school shots - I'm so new follower so I haven't seen those before. I just love every single shot of those. Absolutely perfect!!!! That school is so pretty and those items too...ahhh!

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  29. Beautiful photo shoot, and I LOVE those tags - I've been saying for ages that I needed a bunch of luggage tags and this is just the inspiration I needed to make something wonderful :).

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  30. Wonderful photos and amazing creative work ! Great !

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  31. Every week, I am just so inspired and in awe of your photos. Love the luggage tags although i know I will have the best of intentions but never do it but thanks anyway.

    Happy WW and for your weekly inspiring photos.

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  32. Just love your set this week. Get shots of the books, they are my favorite

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  33. Thanks for the cool ideas. Beautiful photos, I couldn't pick a favorite this week, I like them all.

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  34. Great shots. I love the book with the apple on top. The luggage tags are super cute.

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  35. Your photos are lovely. Thank you for the linky! Have a great Wednesday

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  36. All gorgeous shots as usual! And I LOVE that luggage tag crafty idea! :)


    First Day of Fourth Grade

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  37. Still love this photo series that you did... and those look amazing! What a great job you did with the templates. Love it all! :)

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  38. These are so beautiful! I love the books with apple. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. I love these Lish!! My hubs grandmother used to teach in a little schoolhouse like that back in the day. Amazing how much things have changes when I see these & then think that the Las Vegas valley has 300,000 students in the school system this year.

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  40. I love the vintage school house photo shoot. It looks awesome. And the bag tags are super cute also.

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  41. Wow. First time to your blog. Love your photography. Especially the apple, classic books and schoolhouse in the back. Thanks for dropping by my blog!

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  42. Love all your photos!! Especially love those tags. I might have to make a few of these :)

    Happy WW!
    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  43. This set of photos is beautiful! The tags are fun.

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  44. Gorgeous, you know I love all things vintage (swoon)
    You knocked my socks of again with your creativeness!

    I am so happy you are part of my artist team!

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  45. Oh I love those school days shots. Very nicely done!

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  46. Wonderful pics! I have a soft spot for old books.

    http://tc-twistedfairytale.blogspot.ca/2012/08/wordless-wednesday-little-prince.html

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  47. Gorgeous pics! Thank you for the tutorial on the tags, I want to make some soon.

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  48. What a great photo opportunity and you made the most of it too, great job!

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  49. Wonderful set of photos. My 2 favourites are the two with the books and the apple.

    I am an old reader/visitor with a new blog, please feel welcome to visit.

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  50. I just love everything about those school house pics! The old books are beautiful. :)
    Thanks for hosting!
    Happy Wednesday

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  51. Gorgeous images! Gorgeous location! I love everything about these!!!

    And your creativity always astounds me. Oh! if I had an ounce of your talent...and patience! :P

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  52. how fun to do a session in an old fashioned school house! love those shots!

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  53. Your photos are gorgeous! We have a little red schoolhouse in our town, but I've never been to it. Must try to get there one of these days.

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  54. Thank you for visiting Wordless Wednesday at http://acts17verse28.blogspot.com/. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your photo this past week! And please visit this week’s Observing Beauty linky, too – it’s up and running!
    I hope to see you again soon.
    Have a great week,
    NCSue

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  55. LOVE the old school house! What a treasure! I make similar luggage tags, but it's been a couple of years. lol. I think we are due for an update! Plus I like that you used twine. So fun! Beautiful photos Alicia!

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  56. Wow...amazing work as always, you are such a talented artist and each week I look forward to your posts!

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  57. I haven't been by in a little while, and your blog is just so gorgeous. And your photos. And you. ; ) Thanks for linking up this week for a good cause!

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  58. what an awesome shoot Lish!! i love everything about it!! was that schoolhouse still functioning?
    how in the world do you find time to do such great crafts?! i know i said it on instagram, but you and Kristy at Life-n-Reflection do make a great team!!
    both of you do amazing work!

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  59. So cool! I would love to do a shoot like that. No chance I'm making those tags since my ability to cut or draw in a straight line is nonexistent, but they are adorable.

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  60. Love the tag idea! The turned out fabulous and your photos are gorgeous as always! ~Kate

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  61. Great photos! Love the books and the apple!

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  62. Thanks for your beyond belief blogs stuff.https://www.facebook.com/bubblegumcasting

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